Our unsung heroes were rewarded at the Mayor of Hyndburn Awards.
The event, sponsored by the Accrington Observer was held to celebrate the vital contribution made by unpaid volunteers to make our community a better place to live.
Over the past few months, the council, backed by the Observer have searched for the deserving people who help make everyone’s lives better.
And now they have been officially recognised at a glittering awards ceremony held at Accrington Town Hall.
Following the awards, the Mayor of Hyndburn, Coun Colette McCormack paid tribute to all the winners and nominees.
She said: "It was an excellent evening and it was just what was needed, to give some recognition to the voluntary work that people do."
The evenings top award went to Diane Fielding who received the Mayor's Lifetime Achievement Award, recognising her efforts as founder of the Springhill Community Centre.
Sports Recreation Project of the Year went to Accrington Swimming Club, based at Hyndburn Sports Centre. Over the years, the club has taught countless people how to swim, giving them skills for life.
Secretary Paul Bibby said: "We are in our centenary year. Every year we see parents and sometimes grandparents coming to the club who used to come as children."
The Community Organisation of the Year Award went to Hyndburn Homewise, based on Whalley Road, Accrington.
Its staff have worked tirelessly over 24 years, helping residents across the borough with a wide range of issues including repairs to their homes.
Susan Johnson, landlady of the Peel Park pub in Accrington won Fundraiser of the Year. She has raised around £720,000 over 24 years and lost a close friend to cancer last year.
She said: "I was absolutely thrilled to win as there are a lot of worthy causes out there and you never know how good a chance you have got."
The Young Volunteer of the Year Award went to Kamran Mullah, of Warwick Avenue, Accrington.
The 12-year-old is a pupil at Accrington Academy and often gives up his spare time to help his fellow residents, clearing pathways and doing errands for the elderly.
His mum Carol said: "When we were on our way back from the awards, he noticed one of the old people had left their key in the door, so he made us stop and give it back to them."
Joyce Plummer won Volunteer of the Year Award.
She was one of the founders of Go Peel, which puts on a yearly event at Peel Park Primary School, giving young people something to do.
The Environmental Project of the Year Award went to the Pledge 4 Veg campaign at St Christopher’s which involves pupils growing their own fruit and vegetables. Teacher Wendy Litherland said she was proud of the pupils and that the award was a credit to their hard work.
LIST OF AWARDS WINNERS:
- Young Volunteer of the Year Award (sponsored by Accrington and Rossendale College) - Kamran Mullah
- Volunteer of the Year Award (sponsored by Oswaldtwistle Mills) - Joyce Plummer. Runner-up - Elaine Holden, Nominees - Kaye Kirby, Diane Fielding
- Community Organisation of the Year Award (sponsored by the Accrington Observer) - Hyndburn Homewise. Runner-up - Hyndburn Green Spaces Forum
- Environmental Project of the Year Award (sponsored by Tesco, Accrington) - St Christopher’s Pledge 4 Veg campaign
- Fundraiser of the Year Award (sponsored by Specsavers, Accrington) - Susan Johnson
- Sports and Recreational Project of the Year Award (sponsored by Accrington Stanley) - Accrington Swimming Club
- The Mayor’s Special Lifetime Achievement Award (sponsored by the Mayor’s Office, Hyndburn Council) - Diane Fielding, Runner-up - Brian Beston . Nominees - Barbara Ibbetson, Allen Anderson, Susan Johnson, Fazal Dad, Sardar Ali, David Ashworth.